Advanced Architecture Studios

Laurie Hawkinson, director

The Advanced Studio sequence fosters an experimental design culture sensitive to the many different roles played by architects in contemporary society.

Beginning in Studio 4, students have the additional option of selecting the Columbia Building Intelligence Project’s Integrated Design Studio. This studio offers a new working environment and a goal of preparing the next generation of architects to lead in the development of new modes of design and practice. The C-BIP semester focuses on the themes of energy and adaptation in the context of existing urban structures and the urgent need of cities to change in response to what is increasingly defined as a global climate crisis. The studio explores radical new forms of interdisciplinary and collective workflow through design and communication software and works with a team of consultants and advisors who greatly expand the learning capacity of the studio.

In Studios 5 and 6, students continue to take on specialized individual design trajectories with sites and programs often dispersed globally. Studios travel to sites supporting their studio research topics and travel is funded by GSAPP in the form of Kinne Travel Grants. Students from both the M.Arch. and AAD programs join together where the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and specialties they bring forges a collective energy. Students are exposed to a greater number of studio critics and consultants and assume greater autonomy in structuring their goals. The complexity of conceptual issues, small scale as well as broad urban programs and sites, builds upon the basic skills gained in the Core Studio and summer AAD sequence.